Eighth grade open house at CCHS

Concord-Carlisle High School will offer a “Curriculum Evening Open House” on Thursday, February 1 for parents with students currently in 8th grade who reside in Concord and Carlisle. Parents of transfer students to other grades are also welcome. Tours of the building begin at 6 p.m. followed by the information program presented by the Administration and Department Chairs at 7 p.m. in the CCHS auditorium. For more information, call 1-978-341-2490 x7200.

CCHS independent school orientation

Concord-Carlisle High School will offer a Student Orientation to CCHS program to 8th and 9th grade independent school students who reside in Concord and Carlisle and are looking to enroll at CCHS for the Fall of 2018. This program will be held on Tuesday, January 30 from 8:30-10:00 a.m. in the CCHS auditorium. This event is for students only. For more information, call 1-978-341-2490 x7200.

FNL Middle School Dodge Ball Tournament

Get ready for Dodge Ball. The Carlisle Youth Commission (CYC) is excited to announce the Middle School Dodge Ball Tournament on Friday, January 26 from 6:30–9 p.m. for grades 5 – 8 at the Carlisle Public School Corey Gym.  Admission is free.

There will be two tournaments played, 5 v. 6 graders and 7 v. 8 graders. There will be two prizes in each tournament for most original uniform and tournament champions. Teams will consist of six students and must have at least two girls and two boys from their respective grades. Students can create teams of eight but only six can play at a time; the other two can rotate in. Students will be required to wear sneakers.

  Students should email fnl.dodgeball@gmail.com with their team name and list of teammates. The deadline to sign up is 8 p.m. on Thursday, January 25.  Ad hoc teams may also be created at the event. Please arrive at 6:30 p.m. and games will start promptly at 7 p.m.

Parent chaperones are needed to help run this event. Sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090d45a4a622a64-201718.

For more information, contact any member of the CYC - Lauree Eckler, Karen Letteri, Sara Bardzik, Kathy MacDonald, David Newman, Alyson Becker and Christian Hedlund.

Learn secrets of British garden design 

Don’t miss a rare opportunity to “visit” fabulous British gardens with Pat Webster, a dynamic Canadian garden tour leader, designer and artist, who will present “Design Lessons from British Gardens” in the Hollis Room of Gleason Public Library on Tuesday, February 13, from 7-9 p.m. This virtual garden getaway is co-sponsored by Gleason Public Library and the Carlisle Garden Club. Webster will use slides and lively commentary to illustrate features that make British gardens world-famous. For more information, including a highly recommended link to Pat Webster’s amazing website/blog, visit www.carlislegardenclub.org.

Heald House Open on Sunday, January 21

The Historical Society’s Heald House Museum at 698 Concord Street will be open this Sunday, January 21, 2-5 p.m. Thanks to the generosity of Carlisle townspeople through the Community Preservation Act, the Heald House now boasts LED lighting in all of the exhibit areas, greatly enhancing the visual impact of the displays. In addition, the newly restored rug loom, now in full operation, has on it the most ambitious project yet—a yard-wide weaving called M’s and O’s. Visitors are invited to try their hands at weaving this more-intricate pattern. Also on display are rubbings from the Red Lion Tavern sign, showing clearly the lion, which was scrubbed off by patriots at the time of the Revolutionary War.  Many other artifacts that exemplify Carlisle’s history are on display as well. Admission is free, refreshments available, and all are invited.

Community dinner has Syrian theme

The FRS Social Action Committee invites you to Hope-Full Bowls—A Community Dinner, Fund and Friend Raiser on Saturday, January 27, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Union Hall. A Syrian-themed dinner at 5:30 p.m. will be followed at 6:30 p.m. by an interactive discussion on what it means to make the journey from Syria to the US, and then what is needed to settle and rebuild your life in the United States. Dinner will feature homemade soups, bread and dessert. Bring your own beverage.

This event is open to all so invite your friends and neighbors. Babysitting will be available. RSVP/register on Eventbrite.com/e/hope-full-bowls-a-community-dinner-fund-and-friend-raiser-tickets-41835769914. For more information contact Lauree Cameron Eckler at lacameroneckler@comcast.net.

Trails Committee to lead moonlight walk

  On Saturday, January 27, at 7 p.m., the Carlisle Trails Committee will lead a public walk/cross-country ski/snowshoe under the nearly full moon starting at the Towle Land parking lot on Westford Street. The walk is about one mile. Families are welcome. Dress for the winter weather and bring a flashlight. Refreshments will be served afterwards. Parking is limited so carpool if possible. Overflow parking along Munroe Hill Road; cross Westford Street to the Towle Field Trail to the Towle parking lot. For more information, contact Steve Tobin at sptobin@comcast.net.

COA doings    

• Hair Cuts on the Go: On Monday, January 22, licensed hairdressers Suzanne Hickey and Georgia Triantafilles will provide haircuts to seniors for $10. 50 at Town Hall from 9–11:30 a.m. Each appointment is 15 minutes. Call the COA at 1-978-371-2895 to make your appointment. 

• Senior Moments: Seniors 60+, come to Ferns on Monday, January 22 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. A blood pressure clinic is held at held at 10 a.m.

• Quarterly breakfast: Our Nashoba Tech quarterly breakfast will be held on Wednesday, January 31 at 9 a.m. The menu includes a choice of eggs (scrambled, benedict or omelet), bacon, sausage, sautéed potatoes, French toast, pastry, juice, coffee or tea. The cost is $3 (subsidized by a COA grant), plus tip, payable at the door. To register, call the COA at 1-978-371-2895 by Wednesday, January 24. If you register and then need to cancel, please call the COA within two business days of the event. 

• Chelmsford Crossing/Minuteman Senior Services lunch: On Thursday, February 1 at noon, Minuteman Senior Services and the First Religious Society are hosting lunch cooked by Chelmsford Crossing. The menu is stuffed chicken breast, hot and cold drinks and dessert. Register by noon on Thursday, January 25 at 1-978-371-2895. The suggested donation is $3. Following lunch, there will be a talk on home safety tips that all seniors and caregivers should know, presented by Francis Tacardon, Doctor of Physical Therapy and COA volunteer.

• 110 Grill: Join us on Monday, February 5 at 110 Grill in Chelmsford. The van leaves Village Court at 11 a.m. and the Congregational Church at 11:15 a.m., returning around 3 p.m. The van fee is $2. Register by calling Joanne Willens at 1-978-371-8023 by Monday, January 29.

CCO performs American POPS

  In addition to the already challenging programs scheduled for the season, Carlisle Chamber Orchestra (CCO) will perform its first annual POPS Concert on Friday, February 2, at 8 pm, at 147 School Street, Carlisle. Pianist Bonnie Anderson will perform Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and the popular Boston Jazz Trio “Firefly” will perform the Claude Bolling “Suite for Chamber Orchestra and Jazz Piano Trio.” Other selections on the “American Pops” program are music by Morton Gould, Duke Ellington, and Sousa. 

The orchestra is conducted by Alan Yost and includes accomplished dedicated musicians with a variety of musical backgrounds. Carlisle resident members include Kathy Chick, Richard Chick, Julie Durrell, John Glenn, Sarah Nichol and Poliana Yee.

Although the concert is free admission, contributions are appreciated. For more information visit CCOrch.org or carlislechamberorchestra.org.

CWC announces open rehearsals

Concord Women’s Chorus (CWC) will hold an open rehearsal on  Tuesday, January 23, with auditions to follow. CWC rehearses regularly on Tuesday mornings from 9:30 to noon at Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 Elm Street, Concord. Their spring concert (May 12), “Amy Beach and Her Contemporaries,” will feature women composers and a 14-piece chamber orchestra. For more information, contact Chorus Manager Patsy Eickelberg at manager@concordwomenschorus.org.

US and world affairs

The League of Women Voters Concord-Carlisle hosts Wendy R. Sherman, a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center, in a conversation about the role the United States might play in world affairs.  Ambassador Sherman has played a major role in key negotiations and decisions in previous administrations. She served as the Chief U.S. Negotiator for the Iran nuclear agreement concluded in 2015. In the Clinton Administration she served as North Korea Policy Coordinator. 

The League welcomes the public to this free event, which will take place on Sunday, January 21 at 7 p.m. at the Concord Academy Chapel, 166 Main Street, and will offer our citizens a unique opportunity.

Come sing with CCC 

Join the Carlisle Community Chorus for their Spring season. No experience is necessary—they are a social, light-hearted, non-auditioned, multigenerational, multi-town ensemble.  They will have open rehearsals on Mondays, January 22 and 29, at the Carlisle Public School from 7-8:45 p.m. They meet in the Community Room, adjacent to the School Street parking lot. Newcomers are welcome to come to a rehearsal, listen or sing, and see what they are all about. 

Reading Poetry Anew on January 23

Dip or dive into the pleasures of poetry. This informal course, led by Mary Zoll, will include poetry readings and reactions, discussions of the patterns and techniques used in the poems, and perhaps some intellectual understanding of the poems. Mary Zoll has published a few poems and read a multitude of poems. The next class will be Tuesday, January 23, at 10:30 a.m. at the Gleason Public Library. Open to anyone interested in experiencing poetry; preregistration is not required. 

Open burning season: registration is required

Open burning season began on January 15 and will end on May 1 at 4 p.m. All landowners must initially register in person with the Fire Department. If you have not registered already, go to the the Police Station, 41 Lowell Street. You only need to register once unless you move to another address in Carlisle; otherwise you do not need to register again. 

Once registered, landowners must still call 1-978-369-1442 on each day burning is planned to obtain a permit. It is important to understand that you must still call for a one-day permit and calls to inquire about obtaining a permit must be made after 9 a.m.